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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
London, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
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RATINGS: 2371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle & keg (USA); Pasteurised.
First brewed in 1971. Ingredients: Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt and Maize; Target, Challenger, Northdown and Goldings hops.
Brewed at 5.5% ABV in cask and 5.9% ABV in bottle, ESB is a true liquid legend, and should be savoured as such.
ESB has a wonderful rich mahogany appearance. Taking in the nose, the beer is bursting with cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes. The flavour delivers everything you would expect from such a full-bodied ale. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes on the tongue along with intense citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts in the brew give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer. A smooth, mellow bitterness lingers on the palate to give a superbly satisfying finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2001
This is a grand drinking beer. The hops provide a delightful bitterness in the finish.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
Its hard to stop drinking these. A flavor that invades your brain matter.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HammerHead99 (12) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
One of my favorite ESBs. Could be a bit hoppier for my taste, but whoís complaining (especially when itís going down). When I get a hankeriní for it, I get it at the local Bev N Mo. I also like the other Fullerís line as well. Overall a very, very satisfying ESB.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2005 Bottle. Amber bronze, initialy good white head soon thinning, good condition. Excellent hop resin aroma right at the beginning that slowly gets overtaken by a solid sweet maltiness. Sweet malt and peppery hops fill the mouth, and linger long into the finish with a big but restrained bitterness coming through at the end.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2001
[4/4/01 íYummy. A very nice tasting beer.í] Thatís all I wrote back then? Iíve had this several times, from the draft, from the bottle, I saw it cask conditioned though I didnít have it. Chilling it kills some of the flavor but when it warms up this is one of the most flavorful and drinkable beers Iíve had. If I had only one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this one might be the one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2001
This is a study in balance. To me, this achieves the perfect combination of hops and malt from the nose on through the finish. The nose combines roasted malt aromas and earthy, grassy hops with the malt winning out, but only slightly. The first sip brings a roasty malt onslaught with good hop flavor and bitterness as you swallow. As the beer warms slightly the hops begin to dominate, producing earthy hop flavors and somewhat increased bitterness. Finishes dry and hoppy. The reddish-brown color and slight, off-white head make for a decent looking beer, but the story here is the balance. Not too heavy on the palate with the malt and hops interacting marvelously on the tongue. A very pleasant brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2001
This one gets another perfect rating, as a Definitive Good Beer. Served on handpump at the right temperature, it is an experience nobody who likes beer should miss. Good up-front malt, proper carbonation (or lack thereof), complex grassy hops; an all-around wonder of a beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BockMan99 (20) - lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2001
If you like real beer, you have to try this one. Absolutly one of the best out there!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
The classic English ESB, in my opinion. Try it on draft if you can find it. I would say I have never tasted a finer brew. Not quite as good in the bottle, but, still one of the best available. A more well balanced ESB than most American versions, as some of the American ESBís, tend to over do it slightly on the hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2003 rich, extreme butter/crystal malt gets clobbered by herbal and peppery hops - does the very sweet then bitter thing that reminds me of a lot of US ales I've had - no wonder it's popular round here. think i like london pride better cause it's just not as full-on with the butter/toffee.


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